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NOTICE OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 13th JULY 2021 AT 7PM IN THE LEEDS VILLAGE HALL

The Parish Council is returning to face to face meetings and the next Parish Council meeting will be open for the public and press to attend, and any member of the public will have the opportunity to make short statements or ask questions to the Parish Council.

Changes to the Government Covid-19 regulations have made it necessary to have this meeting on a face-to-face basis, the meeting will be conducted under the rules of the Covid-19 Risk Assessment, social distancing will be in place and masks should be worn except when 

The agenda for the meeting is available to download from the website.

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Leeds village in Kent cannot, of course, be compared with Leeds in Yorkshire which is probably the first 'hit' you get when searching for Leeds on the web.  We are a small community with fewer than 1000 inhabitants, nestling at the foot of the North Downs in the heart of the Kent countryside five miles south east of Maidstone.

The village may have taken its name from the stream known in early times was known as the Hlyde…… the loud or noisy one. We know the original settlement was called Hlydes – 'belonging to the noisy one' and is recorded as Esleades, 1086, Hlydea, Hledes c.1100 and Leeds 1610.

Sadly, the noisy one has now been muffled by being diverted through an underground conduit – the sound of merry water being replaced by the rumble of traffic.

If this is the true origin of the name, it would pinpoint the location of the original settlement as being in the hollow where now stands the George Inn and the cluster of delightful period homes.

Of course, much of Leeds fame is due to its proximity to Leeds Castle. Nowadays a Mecca for tourists but up to 1974 it was privately owned, keeping many people in Leeds and nearby Broomfield employed both in the castle and on the surrounding farmland.

There was an Anglo-Saxon fortress on the site of Leeds castle as early as 978 AD and, as you would expect, has had a colourful history through the ages with much of the British monarchy passing through its portals.  Now many thousands of people from all over the world are attracted to its moated magnificence, to the beauty of its surroundings and to attend the many concerts - classical, jazz and pop – held in the grounds throughout the summer.

As you come into the village from the busy A20 you are aware of another landmark – our ancient Norman church its suggestions of earlier Anglo-Saxon origins. It is a beautiful building with its surrounding churchyard which in spring time displays a marvellous carpet of snowdrops and later daffodils – worth a journey in itself.  Do take time to walk round the graveyard and read some of the ancient gravestones which give us fascinating glimpses of social history through the years.

Leeds Priory, Kent

In the middle of the village, behind the George Inn on the rise of land and set back from the road is the site of the old Leeds Priory.  We understand that it was founded in 1119.  The Priory flourished for 420 years until King Henry VIII with his relish for purging the land of Papal error and replenishing the royal coffers at the same time, ordered its dissolution.  Not surprisingly, the site is reputed to be haunted.

Around the turn of the century a retired policeman recounted seeing a ghost that changed into four different figures before vanishing in broad daylight. Opposite the Church is the Leeds and Broomfield Church of England Primary School – opened in 1874.  Today, it is still thriving.

Footpath to the rear of the Leeds Playing Field

The Parish Council would like to make a formal application to KCC to have the footpath in the wooded area to the rear of the Playing Field registered as a Public Right of Way.

We are looking for the assistance of anyone in the village experienced enough to help the Parish Council with the application process.

If you feel that you can assist then please contact the parish clerk by emailing leedparishcouncil@sherriebabington.co.uk

ROAD CLOSURE

Temporary Road Closure – B2163 Upper Street, Leeds – 26th July 2021

Kent County Council has made an Order to temporarily prohibit through traffic on B2163 Upper Street, Leeds from 26th July 2021, with estimated completion by 6th August 2021.

The road will be closed in the general vicinity of Ledian Farmhouse, to the extent indicated by signs and barriers on site.

The alternative route for any through traffic is via B2163 Upper Street, Leeds Road, A274 Sutton Road, Willington Street, A20 Ashford Road, Penfold Hill, Lower Street and vice versa.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while works to install electrical cables are undertaken by UK Power Networks.

For information regarding the closure please contact UK Power Networks on 0800 029 4285, who will be able to assist with the scope of these works.

This bulletin contains public information and can be freely forwarded to any other road users who may be affected. Every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no liability can be accepted for any changes or errors.

Road names are taken from the National Street Gazetteer on Elgin, with alternative names given where known.

For details of roadworks, please see www.roadworks.org

KCC, Highways Transportation & Waste: keeping you up to date with what's happening on our road - for more information visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/travel or http://www.kent.gov.uk/highways

Regards,

TTRO Co-Ordinator, Mid Kent Division
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste
Aylesford Highway Depot
St Michael's Close
Aylesford
ME20 7BU

 

Tel: 03000 418181 (24hr Contact Centre)
Email: StreetworksMid@kent.gov.uk